Saudi Arabia, Egypt and UAE cut ties with Qatar over 'terrorism'

Owen Stevens
June 6, 2017

Also, on Monday Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain cut diplomatic ties with Qatar.

Both carriers said the measure will stay in place "until further notice".

A spokeswoman said it was unclear if the suspension would be extended.

At the time of writing there had been no official statements from Egyptair, Saudi or Gulf Air confirming whether their flights to and from Doha will also be suspended - Business Traveller will update this page as we receive more news.

The Iranian Foreign Ministry on Monday called on Qatar and Saudi Arabia to settle their disputes through dialogue.

The reasons are called "exacerbation of the situation with security and stability", actions aimed at "support of terrorism, including terrorist groups in Yemen, such as al-Qaeda and "Islamic state".

"One is that Saudi Arabia felt emboldened after Donald Trump's visit, and Trump's administration has had a strong stance on Iran, which is backed by Qatar".

- May 28: UAE State Minister for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash says Gulf countries are going through a new "deep crisis", urging Qatar without naming it to "change its attitude and re-establish confidence and transparency".

Trump and other USA officials participated in a traditional sword dance during the trip in which he called on Muslim countries to stand united against religious extremists and singled out Iran as a key source of funding and support for militant groups.

In 2012, the country imported 99.5 percent of cereals, 83.4 percent of vegetables, 86 percent of fruit, 93.6 percent of meats, 95 percent of beans, and 100 percent of edible oil.

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson told reporters in Sydney on Monday that Washington had encouraged its Gulf allies to resolve their differences.

Turkey enjoys friendly relations with Qatar including in the energy sector but also maintains good ties with other Gulf countries.

While all the media reports published recently lashed out at Qatar, a new comprehensive report published on May 31, 2017 by the Washington-based Institute for Gulf Affairs made no mention of any Qatari involvement in supporting terrorism or withholding terrorism-related intelligence from the U.S. administration.

Wall Street looked likely to open down 0.1 percent, index futures showed, after falls on European bourses.

"At the moment there is nothing on Qatar issue, (we) will issue a statement if some development takes place", Zakaria said.

US and Arab terrorism-related sanctions against Qatari individuals and businesses are likely to follow, according to Firas Abi Ali, a senior analyst for Middle East & North Africa at IHS Markit.

He added that many Qatari residents used to make daily or weekly trips to neighboring Saudi Arabia for cheaper grocery shopping.

The move escalated a dispute over Qatar's support for the Muslim Brotherhood, the world's oldest Islamist movement.

President Hadi of Yemen accused the United Arab Emirates (UAE) of behaving "like an occupation power in Yemen rather than a force of liberation" in a meeting with the crown prince of Abu Dhabi Mohammed Bin Zayed.

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